Marion County Man Captured After Month On The Lam

(SALEM, IL) — Bail is set at quarter-million dollars for a 38-year-old Vernon man who is in custody after nearly a month on the run from police. Seth Lambert was found hiding in the shed of a Walnut Hill home and was taken into custody without incident. Lambert has been formally charged in Marion County Court with Class 3 felony possession of less than 5-grams of methamphetamine, and three counts Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing police at speeds more than 21 over the speed limit. The charges were initially filed December 22, and bail set at $250,000, but the case file was sealed pending Lambert’s arrest. The charges stem from a December 18 high-speed chase heading the wrong way on a one-way street in Centralia that ended with a head-on collision at Elm and Noleman streets. Lambert and Raigen Schwartz, of Walnut Hill — the 19-year-old driver of the vehicle he struck – were airlifted to St. Louis area hospitals for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. Schwartz was released the next day, but Lambert remained in the hospital until he checked himself out a few days later and had been on the run from police since that time. Lambert’s capture was reportedly the result of a tip from the public.